Thousands of Yazidis ‘Still Trapped’ on Iraq Mountain

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Aug 29th, 2014

Tens of thousands of civilians remain trapped by militants on a mountain in northern Iraq and need “life-saving assistance”, the United Nations warns.

Members of the Yazidi sect fled there 10 days ago after fighters from Islamic State (IS) seized the town of Sinjar.

US air strikes continued on Tuesday, with a drone targeting an IS mortar near Kurdish troops, the Pentagon said.

On Monday, Iraq’s president asked MP Haider al-Abadi to form a new cabinet, snubbing the incumbent PM Nouri Maliki.

Mr Abadi’s appointment came after months of political infighting, which analysts say is partially to blame for Iraq’s inability to effectively fight the IS threat.

Politicians had been unable to form a government since April’s parliamentary elections, which were won by Prime Minister Maliki.

IS fighters have seized large swathes of northern Iraq and Syria in recent months, forcing tens of thousands of people from religious minorities to flee their homes.

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